Ohioans set election record for most absentee ballots requested

    This voting sticker, designed by student Emily Legg, was chosen in May to be the new sticker in Ohio. Photo courtesy the Secretary of State's Office.

    It’s a new record.

    Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose said the 2020 General Election has already featured the most absentee ballots requested of any election in Ohio history.

    As of Oct. 2, a total of 2,154,235 absentee ballots had been requested in Ohio.

    That’s nearly double how many were requested at this point in the 2016 presidential election cycle.

    Ohioans still have several more weeks to request an absentee ballot.

    The eventual completed ballot must be postmarked by Nov. 2 (the day before the election) in order to count. Or voters can drop off their ballot at their county’s drop box.

    Tyler Buchanan
    Tyler Buchanan is an award-winning journalist who has covered Ohio politics and government for the past decade. A Bellevue native and graduate of Bowling Green State University, he most recently spent 6 1/2 years as a reporter and editor of The Athens Messenger and Vinton-Jackson Courier newspapers. He is a member of the BG News Alumni Society Board and was a 2019 fellow in the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism.